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Athlete of the Year: Izzy Lynch, Sr., Niskayuna In the final game of her illustrious high school career at Niskayuna, Izzy Lynch didn't score. But that hardly tells the whole story of a remarkable season that warranted a second consecutive Athlete of the Year nod by the Times Union for large-school girls' soccer. Lynch still was the catalyst of a team that came up one win shy of its third consecutive Class AA championship. She had 15 goals and nine assists, and the UConn commit even posted a pair of goals in a 2-1 win against defensively sound Bethlehem in the semifinals. This year's achievements were accomplished with a less experienced team, and defenses felt they could afford to hound her even more than previous years.

Boone must earn Yanks players’ respect

New York Aaron Boone acknowledges that one of his first tasks as New York Yankees manager is to convince his players he can do the job. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's successor at a Yankee Stadium news conference on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. "That's a respect you earn, and hopefully I think in short order I'll be able to earn that respect, that they'll be able to look at me, trust in me, know that I have their interest at heart, but know that hopefully I know what the heck I'm talking about," he said. "That's something that you have to earn over the initial days in spring training, in the season.

Goodell signs contract extension through 2024

New York Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024. A memo from the NFL's compensation committee to team owners and obtained by The Associated Press confirms that Goodell and committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have signed the extension. That extension has been a source of controversy because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones objected to the process. All 32 owners approved in May the compensation committee's power to negotiate and sign a deal with Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006. Since then, the league's total revenues have more than doubled to over $13 billion.

Eli’s QB streak resumes at No. 1

East Rutherford, N.J. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. A week after being benched by former coach Ben McAdoo, Manning was put back into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys by interim coach Steve Spagnuolo. "My gut right now says Eli should be the starter," Spagnuolo said in explaining the move after practice Wednesday. The 36-year-old Manning was told of the decision on Tuesday. He had walked into Spagnuolo's office on Monday after McAdoo was fired and told the former defensive coordinator that he wanted to start again. "It's important to play, that's what I love to do," Manning said after practice.

Danes rally for win over Jaspers

Jessica Fequiere scored a game-high 19 points to rally the University at Albany women's basketball team to a 62-56 win over Manhattan Wednesday in Riverdale. The Great Danes overcame a 12-point deficit to win their fourth straight road game. Manhattan (2-6) shot 90 percent from the field in the first quarter in building their double-digit lead, but UAlbany held the Jaspers to a six points in second quarter and trailed 27-22 at halftime. Fequiere gave UAlbany (6-2) its first lead since the first quarter with a fast break layup early in the third quarter. UAlbany went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter and gradually pulled away down the stretch.

Lee, Porzingis spark Knicks

New York Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night. Porzingis scored 12 after halftime as the Knicks rebounded from consecutive losses without their top two scorers that had dropped them under .500. Porzingis came back from his sprained right ankle and illness, but Tim Hardaway Jr. has a stress injury in his lower left leg and has begun a treatment and rehabilitation plan. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Celtics 97, Mavericks 90: Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, and Jayson Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Boston slip past Dallas.